I should really place this in a new category with the other links and aids, but it will have to do for now. A new blog follower mentioned she has done Hungarian research in the Erderly/Transylvania Region, so I am posting this information.
Romanian records for genealogy research are not the easiest to find. LDS and other groups have not been able to microfilm records until recently. Slowly but surely with grants and volunteers advancements have been made.
National Archive Romania: This link is to the main archive page. There is a button for the English version but it does not seem to be working. In the middle of the main page, there is a drop down menu for separate county archives.
For example: (clicking on the down arrow, then on Bihor will take you to):
Direcţia Judeţeană Bihor a Arhivelor Naţionale
On that page you will find contact information:
Şef serviciu: Dr. Petru-Bujorel DULGĂU
Adresa: Oradea, Piaţa Independenţei nr. 39, cod 410076, jud. Bihor
Program Sala de studiu: Luni-Joi: 8.30-15.30
Program Relaţii cu publicul: Luni-Miercuri, Vineri: 8.30-16.30, Joi: 8.30-18.30
Audienţe şef serviciu: Luni, Joi: 12.30-14.30
Questions may be sent to the e-mail address above or mailed. From my experience there is always someone available that understands English.
Now if you scroll down a little further you will then see a PDF file with available “FONDS.” These are an index to available material. Having briefly looked over it, it ranges from (1790-1991) approximately. Some arranged in collections; not all collections are “indexed” and online.
The Romania Tourism link section on genealogical research reads in part:
“A new wave of emigration began in the late 1940s when communism became the political system of Eastern Europe. Civil records such as birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as other documents, are carefully preserved by the National Archives of Romania and are readily available to researchers.
Documents issued on or before 1890 can be found in the County Archives (Directia Judeteana a Arhivelor Nationale) while documents issued after 1890 can be found at the Civilian Records Section of City Halls (Oficiul de Stare Civila al Primariei).
When searching for records it is helpful to know the name of the town or village in which the document was issued or the event (birth, marriage, death) occurred, as well as the approximate date/year. The County Archives assist those interested in genealogy searches by providing a wide range of services, from making photocopies of desired records to conducting research on a specific topic.”
Search fees and hours of operation are on the site as well.
MAPS: FEEFHS has a large collection of maps with place-names and dates. Why is that important? Territories, countries, cities, towns, etc. change names over time depending on many factors; like war or occupation. The name of the town recorded by an ancestor could be different from the name of the town today. If we use the city of “Oradea” as it is called in modern-day Romanian; before it was known as Nagy Varad, in former Hungary. Records for that city, depending on date and transcription are listed under both or one or the other.
On a side note: When searching records of surnames, remember that first names may also vary. Alexander, Istvan or even Steve is easily converted to Alexandru in Romanian. When ordering official copies of archive records there is a difference between a copy of the original church record and the government certified and translated copy of the original. This might be easily confused with a siblings record, if the parents are the same. Check the birthdate if you have one and note the variation of names in your research records. I have found many examples of duplications of the same person/birthday with different transcriptions of the first name too.
I hope this post helps…..~Kati (Have a great weekend everyone! Off to the West coast!)